Easter eggs are especially festooned eggs crafted to commemorate the Easter festival and springtime.
The egg was a representation of the new start of the earth in Pagan celebrations of spring and was taken on by early Christians as a mark of the regeneration.
The ancient custom is to use tinted or painted chicken eggs, but a contemporary custom is to surrogate brunette eggs, or synthetic eggs filled with confectioneries and candies such as jelly beans. These eggs are time and again concealed, purportedly by the Easter Bunny, for kids to discover them on Easter morning. If not, they are, by and large, put in a basket filled with real or mock straw to bear a resemblance to a bird's nest.
An egg is the general icon of Easter merriment all over the world and has been tinted, painted, ornamented and embroidered in the festivity of its particular representation. Before the egg became intimately tangled with the Christian Easter, it was privileged during many of the spring fiestas. The Romans, Gauls, Chinese, Egyptians and Persians all esteemed the egg as a icon of the cosmos. From ancient times eggs were dyed, exchanged and were shown veneration.
In Pagan times the egg corresponded to the renaissance of the earth. The extensive, hard wintry weather was over; the earth broke open forth and was reborn just as the egg amazingly burst out with life. The egg, as a result, was supposed to have extraordinary command. It was buried under the brass tacks of buildings to protect against wickedness; pregnant young Roman women carried an egg on their persons to predict the gender of their unborn children; French brides stride upon an egg prior to crossing the doorsill of their new house.
With the arrival of Christianity the representation of the egg altered to signify, not nature's regeneration, but the reincarnation of man. Christians cuddled the egg symbol and associated it to the sepulcher from which Christ rose.
Old Polish mythology blended legends and Christian viewpoints and resolutely attached the egg to the Easter festivity. One legend is about the Virgin Mary. It tells of the instance when Mary gave eggs to the military at the cross. She pleaded them to be less cruel and she cried. The tears of Mary fell upon the eggs, marked them with dots of sparkling color.
One more Polish fable tells us of when Mary Magdalene went to the tomb to massage the body of Jesus. She had with her a bin of eggs to dish up as a meal. When she arrived at the sepulcher and saw the eggs, the untainted white shells had astoundingly taken on a rainbow of colors.
Beautifying and coloring eggs for Easter was the tradition in England all through the Middle Ages. The family financial records of Edward I, for the year 1290, documented an expense of eighteen pence for four hundred and fifty eggs to be gold plated and tinted for Easter gifts. The most renowned adorned Easter eggs were those prepared by the well known goldsmith, Peter Carl Faberge. In 1883 the Russian Czar, Alexander, appointed Faberge to make a special Easter gift for his wife, the Empress Marie.
The first Faberge egg was an egg surrounded by an egg. It had an external shell of platinum and enameled white that opened to disclose a smaller gold egg. The smaller egg, in turn, opened to exhibit a golden chicken and a jeweled imitation of the Imperial coronet. This out of the ordinary Faberge egg so pleased the Czarina that the Czar quickly ordered the Faberge firm to make further eggs to be distributed every Easter. In later years Nicholas II, Alexander's son, sustained the tradition. Fifty-seven eggs were prepared in total.
Attractive egg designers consider the representation of the egg and rejoice the egg by adorning it with outstanding creativity. Some use flora and leaves from greeting cards, small cherubs, jewels and stylish textiles, braids and trims, to beautify the eggs. They are separated, carefully hinged and pasted with epoxy and see through cement, and then when done, they are enveloped in a lustrous resin finish. Even though the omens and the secrecy of the egg have vanished today, the representation remains, and artists go on with in the old world convention of beautifying eggs.